News

This section contains all the latest news and information from the Vulval Pain Society.

The Vulval Pain Society Handbook (4th edition)

The Vulval Pain Society HandbookThe VPS publishes its own detailed handbook covering most aspects of vulval pain, including strategies for treatment and management. Aimed at both patients and clinicians, the book includes chapters written by healthcare professionals with a specialist interest in vulval pain, plus some patient perspectives.

Read more: The Vulval Pain Society Handbook (4th edition)

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat vulval pain feature - website item

Here's a link to the BBC website item on vulvodynia written to accompany the BBC Radio 1 item on vulval pain which is on air today.  For details of the radio item itself, see BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat - feature on vulval pain.

BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat - feature on vulval pain

We have just been informed by the BBC that the Radio 1 feature on vulval pain is provisionally scheduled to air, subject to the BBC's news agenda, on Radio 1's Newsbeat programme on Thursday 8 October 2015 at 12.45 pm and 5.45 pm, UK time.

Read more: BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat - feature on vulval pain

VPS signs up to eBay for Charity

You can now raise funds for the VPS when you're on eBay, as we've recently signed up to the eBay for Charity scheme. Sellers of items on eBay can choose to donate a percentage of the sale price to us, and buyers can look for items sold in aid of the VPS, or just make a donation to us at the online checkout for any item. You can even just make a donation to the VPS using PayPal whilst browsing eBay, whether or not you buy or sell anything. To find out more about using eBay for Charity, see the relevant page on the VPS website, or visit the eBay site directly. 

NEW - Transcripts page on VPS website

Work is ongoing to make the VPS website more accessible to all users, and as part of this, we have recently set up a new Transcripts page. At the moment, this new page contains links to webpage transcripts of some of the VPS podcasts from our Listen and watch page, including presentations from our recent Super Workshop in May 2015. However, we hope eventually to be able to offer transcripts of all of our audiovisual content, including the podcasts, the webinars and anything else which involves listening or watching.

Read more: NEW - Transcripts page on VPS website

VPS Super Workshop 2015: presentations now available to download and read

You can now watch and listen to three new VPS podcasts, which were three presentations given at our Super Workshop in London on 9 May 2015. Two of the podcasts are audio only, whilst the other has slides.

Read more: VPS Super Workshop 2015: presentations now available to download and read

Smears without Tears: new revised smear guide now available for download!

Smears without Tears (VPS smear guide)We're very happy to announce that you can now download our brand new, fully revised leaflet version of Smears without Tears, our patient's guide to making a speculum exam more comfortable. The guide offers physical, practical and psychological tips for getting the best out of smear tests and other speculum examinations and minimising any possible discomfort or distress. It's aimed chiefly at women with vulval or vaginal pain, but we think the guide may be helpful for anyone who is uncomfortable with smear tests. Smears without Tears has been jointly developed by the Vulval Pain Society and the London Vulval Pain Support Group, from whose site the guide can also be downloaded.

Download Smears without Tears: A woman's guide to making a speculum examination more comfortable       

VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable online

You can now watch the full video recording of the very first VPS webinar held on 16 January 2013. In this webinar, Dr David Nunns of the VPS discussed contemporary vulvodynia research, including the use of enoxaparin injections and Melissa Farmer's groundbreaking 2011 study in which vulvodynia symptoms were reproduced in mice.

Read more: VPS Webinar with David Nunns, 'Vulvodynia research update' - full video presentation now viewable...